Posting a photo from the private view at Photofusion on Thursday night. It was packed, but luckily my photo was at the top, near the ceiling, so could be seen no matter what. My friends, Suzie and Robert, are kindly pointing it out, pretending that its causing a sensation! Really enjoyed the whole evening and went for a meal afterwards. It was also the seven year anniversary of Barry and me meeting (6th December.) We met at the Hayward Gallery at a Christmas private view, so it was quite fitting to be at a private view with one of my photos on the wall. Had a couple of people come up to me and ask if it was my photo. Apparently, I look a bit like Meryl Streep in the photo.
Going up to Photofusion in London to deliver my print for their annual salon show. They selected one of my photos- 2nd Birthday. I have now worked further on the words that I put with my images, as it appears that they are quite weak.
This is the latest version of my artist statement for the project, in 150 words
The subject of this ongoing project, is the family I will never have, hence the title, “Photos I will never take”. I am constructing a fictional narrative of an alternative life with children, using myself, family, friends, props, a child mannequin, and a “reborn baby” to create a series of tableaux of typical family scenes, with the ultimate aim of creating a fictional family album.
The photos are the intended end product, but the act of creating them is a piece of performance art. It explores the question; How mad do you have to get for people to understand the pain? The project also refers to the impact of the marketing of the perfect family and the effect of this on those who cannot have them. Ultimately, I am trying to communicate the pain and grief of being childless, as it is a subject that is often ignored.
If anyone can give me feedback on this or improve it, please do make a comment, I would appreciate it, as I really struggle with trying to explain my work